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Shall We Dance? -- A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Release Date:
11 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.
Plot:
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
57 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brilliant film. Not to be missed. See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa

Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
Takako Matsuzaka ... Fusako Fukube
Kôichi Ueda ... Torakichi Kumada
Mari Nishino ... Wakako Takahashi
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Ryo Kishikawa
Kyôko Kagawa ... Keiko Kishikawa
Robert Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Nanea Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Angelique Midthunder ... Dancer (as Angelique Roehm)
Paradise Yamamoto ... Band Leader
Hidekazu Tanaka ... Tokihiko Okada
Yôko Tanaka ... Yoko Kishikawa
Goro Kataoka ... Jo Blues
Ren Ôsugi ... Sugiura - the Floor Manager
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Hama the Jitterbug
Hirotarô Honda ... Farewell Party Host

Masahiro Motoki ... Hiromasa Kimoto

Misa Shimizu ... Natsuko
Akira Emoto ... Toru Miwa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kiichiro Kawauchi

Directed by
Masayuki Suo 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masayuki Suo 

Produced by
Yoichi Arishige .... associate producer
Kazuhiro Igarashi .... producer
Tetsuya Ikeda .... chief producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Shôji Masui .... producer
Shigeo Minakami .... assistant producer
Yûji Ogata .... producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Yasuharu Urushido .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo 
 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 
Casting by
Tetsu Maeda 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Makeup Department
Mikiko Hayama .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yoshino Sasaki .... production manager
Masamitsu Washizu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
Gen Yamakawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound editor
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... conforming editor
 
Other crew
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Howard Smith .... operator: remote head
Toshihisa Watai .... production coordinator
Toshio Watari .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shall we dansu?" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
136 min | 119 min (cut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title is written in English as "Shall We Dansu" since in its original Japanese release, the first two words actual appear in English with only the last word appearing in katakana (one of three Japanese writing systems). The Japanese word for "dance" is pronounced "dansu".See more »
Quotes:
Shohei Sugiyama:At my age, it's embarrassing to say so, but every day I feel so alive.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Save the Last Dance for MeSee more »

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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant film. Not to be missed., 23 July 2001
Author: Julie Southwell from Australia

How many of us wish that we could throw away social and cultural obligations and be free? Most of us, I suspect. Shall we dance? is not a movie about dancing. It is about learning about ourselves, recognising what we are looking for in life and having the courage to go in search of it. Mr Sugiyama is a middle-aged member of a Japanese society where ballroom dancing is viewed as unsuitable behaviour.

One day Mr Sugiyama sees a beautiful girl leaning out of the window of a dancing acadamy. he is fascinated by her and eventually signs up for dancing lessons. He is ashamed of his dancing and afraid of ridicule. He hides the fact that he is attending dancing classes from his colleagues and family.

There is a hilarious scene in the mensroom at the office when Sugiyama and Watanabe, a workmate who also dances, are interrupted practising some dance steps. There are many other funny and warm-hearted scenes.

The ending is not a fairytale, but it leaves the viewer feeling good.

This movie helped me to understand the Japanese people a little better. It is a warm and very worthwhile film to see.

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